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Annual McDougal Grad Winter Ball

The Winter Ball Basics

We are pleased to invite all Yale graduate school students and their partners and guests to the Annual Winter Ball for a Masquerade-themed night full of desserts, dancing, and fun! It's one of the biggest and best Grad Social nights of the year!


21st Annual McDougal Grad Winter Ball

February 18, 2023, 7:00pm - 12:00am

Ticket Sales Coming Soon!


Doors open at 8:00pm

Desserts served from 9:00-10:30pm.

Music and Dancing - DJ from 8:00pm-11:45pm.


All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.

*To be admitted to the Winter Ball, all ticketholders must be 21 or older with valid government photo ID showing proof of age. You must present actual physical IDs only (not photos on your phone) to security. Yale GSAS students may bring spouses, partners, friends, and other guests, providing all are 21+.

What's included in your Ticket

Your Winter Ball ticket includes

  • A fabulous dessert reception, 8-9:30pm
  • DJ and dancing
  • Photo backdrop area for fun selfies with friends (and maybe the GSAS Dean!) 
  • Cash bars in the Ballroom (ATM downstairs in hotel lobby). Outside or personal alcohol is not permitted at the Omni Hotel
  • Free chilled water all night

You must print your ticket and present it for admission. No one will be admitted without a ticket and a 21+ Photo ID.

Dress to feel Fabulous at the Winter Ball!

Dressy, cocktail, or evening attire is suggested but not required, and national dress and/or military uniforms are also welcome!

  • You do NOT have to rent a tux or wear a gown, but if you've got it, flaunt it! National dress costumes - sari, hanbok, kilt - always welcome.

Cash Bars

Please bring cash for the cash bar- actual US BILLS. ATM in hotel lobby.

  • One drink ticket included in your admission per person, good for 1 specialty cocktail or soft drink at the bar. 
  • $8 Specialty Ball Cocktails available @ Cash Bars all night
  • Full cash bars with beer, wine, soda, mixed drinks on sale
  • Free chilled water will be available all night (keep hydrated!)
  • An ATM is located downstairs in the Omni Lobby, but bring cash in advance.
  • Important: It is the Omni's policy to purchase drink tickets from the cashier instead of purchasing directly from the bartender. Please visit the cashiers first; they are stationed next to the bar.


A DJ will get us dancing into the night! The tunes will be modern dance music – while this is the Winter Ball, ballroom dancing skills are not required!

Coat Check

We know it's a cold winter – a coat check is available on-site on the same floor as the Grand Ballroom. Or you can leave your coat in the trunk of your car if parking in the Omni Hotel Garage.